Department of Fertilizers comes under the ambit of Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers which is headed by a Cabinet Minister who is assisted by two Ministers of State.
Secretary to the Government is the administrative head of the Department who is assisted by one Special Secretary and Financial Adviser and 3 Joint Secretaries. An Economic Adviser who is a Joint Secretary level officer advises the department on various economic issues which have economic implications.
The main objective of Department of Fertilizers is to ensure adequate and timely availability of fertilizers at affordable prices for maximizing agricultural production in the country. The main functions of the Department include planning, promotion and development of the fertilizers industry, planning and monitoring of production, import and distribution of fertilizers and management of financial assistance by way of subsidy / concession for indigenous and imported fertilizers. List of subjects allotted to the Department of Fertilizers as per Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 amended from time to time is given at Annexure - I.
The Department has one attached office under it, viz., Fertilizer Industry Coordination Committee (FICC) headed by Executive Director which is responsible to evolve and review periodically, the group concession rates including freight rates for units manufacturing nitrogenous fertilizers, maintain accounts, make payments to and to recover amounts from fertilizer companies, undertake costing and other technical functions and collect and analyze production data, costs and other information. For more details on FICC see FICC link.
The Department also administers 9 Fertilizer Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). For details of the PSUs, see Fertilizer Company links.
Achieving fertilizer security for the country for sustainable agricultural growth supported by a robust domestic fertilizer industry.
Ensuring adequate and timely availability of fertilizers to the farmers at affordable prices through planned production and imports and distribution of fertilizers in the country and planning for self-sufficiency in urea production.